HVM Racing returned to the road course of Watkins Glen International with a strong qualifying run Saturday and a shot at the Firestone Fast Six; but the team was edged out in the final minutes of the second qualifying session when other cars...
HVM Racing returned to the road course of Watkins Glen International with a strong qualifying run Saturday and a shot at the Firestone Fast Six; but the team was edged out in the final minutes of the second qualifying session when other cars gained in speed, and traffic on E.J. Viso's red-tire run allowed others to surpass the No. 13 PDVSA HVM Racing Honda Dallara. Viso will start Sunday's Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen in the 11th position with a qualifying lap time of 1:29.5661.
The team made good use of the morning practice, making some tweaks to the No. 13 machine to prepare it for the afternoon qualifying session. The car was strong in the first qualifying round, advancing to the second round to battle for the Top 6. And early on in Round 2, Viso looked like he would make that final group easily. However, as the session wound down, the 13 car fell out of the Top-6 field as other cars were able to shave a few extra tenths off their lap times and Viso encountered traffic, pushing him back to 11th.
HVM and Viso are strong performers on road courses and look to move ahead when the green flag drops on Sunday. Last year, Viso earned a Top-10 finish after starting 15th and finishing 10th.
The Camping World Grand Prix at The Glen starts at 1 p.m. Sunday on ABC.
Comments from HVM Racing Team Principal and Owner Keith Wiggins after qualifying at Watkins Glen:
"It was an encouraging start to the qualifying session. We had some good lap times and looked to be pretty consistent. But toward the end we lost out to traffic.
"We still have confidence going into this race. The qualifying times were all very close within each other, so we just need to make the most of opportunities. Now we need to focus on the race."
Comments from PDVSA HVM Racing Team Driver E.J. Viso after qualifying at Watkins Glen:
"Qualifying was definitely a step forward. It's good that the little issues we had in the morning practice were all solved. I'm very happy, we got everything going in the right direction. The car felt very good.
"I don't believe we had a car to be on the pole, but I think we had a car to be in the Top 6. I was putting together a very fast lap until Marco Andretti messed up my qualifying lap. He was just basically waiting for me in Corner 8 and then as soon as he messed up my lap, he accelerated. So I am disappointed."